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Re: [httpRange-14] What is an Information Resource?

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 08:02:29 -0500
To: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Cc: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, John Black <JohnBlack@kashori.com>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com, Mikael Nilsson <mikael@nilsson.name>, "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@miscoranda.com>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20080108130229.GD27797@mercury.ccil.org>

Xiaoshu Wang scripsit:

> You mean one molecule of H2O is the same as two hydrogen and one oxygen? 
> I do not understand your use of base 2 in your formula.

I mean that if there are N objects in a system, each of which can hold
one bit, there are 2^N states of the system.  You may be able to store
more than one bit in each elementary particle, but that does not affect
the general argument.  If you can fill the universe with qubits, you
can escape from this, but I doubt you can.

> Also, if the universe survive infinitely, the number of human identities
> (live and dead) will surpass whatever a number you give, no?

True, but only at the expense that all but a finite number of them are
utterly forgotten.

But you, Wormtongue, you have done what you could for your true master.  Some
reward you have earned at least.  Yet Saruman is apt to overlook his bargains.
I should advise you to go quickly and remind him, lest he forget your faithful
service.  --Gandalf             John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Received on Tuesday, 8 January 2008 13:03:00 UTC

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